After taking in $10.2 million during its advanced Thursday midnight screenings, Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned another estimated $26.8 million on Friday for a domestic opening day total of $37 million, pulled in from 3,938 theater screens (2D, 3D and IMAX).
The Marvel sequel is looking to break the record for biggest April opening of all time, overtaking the record set by Fast Five in April of 2011. That franchise sequel pulled in $34.4 million on its opening day, and ended the weekend with $86.2 million.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is getting great word-of-mouth buzz and has generated an 'A' CinemaScore, the highest possible rating.
The Marvel Phase Two adventure is also faring better than last year's Thor: The Dark World, which earned $31.9 million on its opening day, earning a total of $85.7 million during its first weekend. Iron Man 3, on the other hand, is still king. It had a $68.9 million opening when it kicked off the summer season last year. And DC Comics' Man of Steel had a slightly bigger bump with $44 million plus another $12 million from special advanced screenings before its midnight release.
While it is estimated that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will earn over $100 million this weekend, becoming the first film of 2014 to do so, it will have to hold steady and actually gain an audience on Sunday. If it can pull it off, it joins the Iron Man movies, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise, Marvel's The Avengers and The Dark Knight in doing the same.